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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3124

Mr Jacobi asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 20 September 1977:


(   1 ) Is the exterior limit to the Antarctic Territory at the edge of (a) the continental land mass or (b) the ice mass.

(2)   Who owns unattached icebergs within (a) the territorial sea, (b) the economic zone and (c) the high seas.

(3)   Does it make any difference whether the territorial source of the iceberg is, or is not, known.

(4)   What aspects of international maritime law apply to the towing of icebergs.

(5)   What are the potential international liabilities for any ecological or other damage due to the harvesting or transportating of icebergs.

Mr Peacock - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The questions raised by the honourable member involve complex issues of law that in many respects are unsettled. It would therefore not be appropriate for me to canvass these legal problems at this stage.

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